January 2016
Dear Charter School Supporter,
Welcome to 2016 and Happy New Year!
We're excited to kick off the year with a number of events to support charters and choice, from parent roundtables in celebration of National School Choice Week to our Bottom Line Basic Training featuring charter finance expert Raj Thakkar on January 21-22. As we head into this year's legislative session, it's critical that we in the charter school community come together to show the strength and reach of charter schools -- so please join us for these events!
Two more pieces of news I wanted to share with you: first, congratulations to our Legal & Policy Director Sarah Vandergriff for being honored by Louisiana Appleseed with their Good Apple Award! Sarah is being recognized for strengthening schools through her collaborative work on the legal handbook for charter school board members and educating board members about laws governing charter schools. She'll be honored on January 21 at the Good Apple Gala in New Orleans. 
Second, you may have heard already that our Governance Initiatives Director, Makiyah Moody, will be leaving New Orleans to return home to New Hampshire. During her time with LAPCS, Makiyah has been an incredible champion and resource for charter board members across the state, especially through her work in building The Top Shelf program from scratch. Her departure is a loss for LAPCS and for the state, and we will miss her dearly. I hope you'll join me in wishing Makiyah well on her new adventure, and thanking her for all of her work and dedication to the charter movement. 
Please note that we're committed to continuing the work of The Top Shelf moving forward; please contact Toryah Cameron if you or your charter board has any needs.
Caroline Roemer
Executive Director, LAPCS
School choice events are planned for Lafayette, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans to celebrate National School Choice Week, January 24-30.

Registration is now open for Bottom Line Basic Training on Finance & Operations to be held January 21-22. Seats are limited, so RSVP now!
The National Alliance has made available a recording of their recent webinar on ESSA and charter schools. To download slides only, click here.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation Organizational Effectiveness Initiative (OE) and Gillis, Ellis & Baker, Inc. will host a unique workshop on Director’s & Officer’s insurance coverage on January 19. Learn more.
Partner Connection Spot
LAPCS welcomes its two newest Vendor Program members, ARC Document Solutions and General Paper Company! For more information on our Vendor Program, please contact Donyell McGlathery, Director of Strategic Partnerships.

ARC DOCUMENT SOLUTIONS provides Managed Print Services (MPS), helping institutions to reduce their internal print costs, and Archive Information Management (AIM), helping institutions to create digital archives lessening their need for physical document storage, giving them the ability to access documents on demand. ARC also supplies full color large format graphics for superior color signage. Learn more about their services here.

GENERAL PAPER, open since 1946, offers a full line of janitorial chemicals & supplies, floor care & carpet machines, food service disposables & supplies, packaging supplies, safety & skin care products. They educate and train their customers on the care of and techniques required to maintain their facilities with cost efficient, effective options. Learn more about their services here.

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